UPDATE 9/30/2013: 10.3 million viewers tuned in for the series finale of Breaking Bad on Sunday night – EW
Today is the first Super Bowl Sunday in New Mexico Film Production history, and from The New York Times to The Daily Mail UK, the globe is focused on the broadcast finale for the most famous chemist since Marie Curie.
Tonight Walter White will meet his fate, and his story will be closed in this first chapter of the full legacy of New Mexico’s own Breaking Bad.
If anyone doubts the certainty of the lasting impact the Emmy winning series will have on our state, you should look to the heavens and recall the outer galactic frenzies that swirl around traveling conventions, and expos for the nearly half a century old series Star-Trek, and the unrivaled veracity of Star Wars film fans. And these, for the most part, showcase theoretical places and people – unlike the Breaking Bad experiences of Albuquerque location and studio tours.
From Taco Sal’s to To’hajiilee, the people and places of this five season epic-saga will play on and on, and on, on television, and streaming online into the foreseeable future.
Even the white water rapid rivers, deep in the hills of Georgia – which until 1972 went largely unknown, today draw millions of tourist dollars, over 40 years after the area gained popularity and infamy for its part in the hit movie Deliverance.
So, whether you’re team Bad or team “Woodall”, the final score won’t be evident even in tomorrow’s sure to be record setting ratings for tonight’s series finale, but will be measured in the years, decades and perhaps even centuries to come.
Here’s to NM’s film futures, with a salute to all those who’ve worked for decades past to build the championship team of today.
New Mexico Film, you just won the Super Bowl! What are you gonna do now?
Matthew Broderick’s latest project, “Dirty Weekend” is dubbed a drama but with a lead character named Les Moore, set to star alongside jaw dropping beauty Alice Eve as Natalie Hamilton, it reads more like a comedy at this point.
Broderick’s real life leading lady has graced the state of New Mexico with her turn as Meryl Morgan in the 2009 comedy, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” Now there are rumblings that “Dirty Weekend” may too be headed to NM.
The Greenbelt Pictures film is currently in pre-production, scheduled to begin filming sometime in October. James Jackson Leach is Executive Producer of the Neil LaBute written and directed movie.
Ellen Pompeo, star of the award winning television series Grey’s Anatomy, is making headlines today with her statements regarding this year’s Emmy Awards broadcast. Pompeo appears in an SLN video released Monday where she states in part, “I didn’t see any diversity in the Emmys at all…That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?”
The critical star was not in attendance at Sunday night’s telecast of the 65th Annual Emmy Awards from the Nokia theater in Los Angeles, CA – hosted by New Mexico native Neil Patrick Harris, who can now boast that his latest hosting effort pulled in the highest ratings for the show in the past seven years.
Another notable New Mexican very noticeably absent from the evening’s festivities was actor Steven Michael Quezada – who has starred in Breaking Bad, this year’s Best Drama Winner, since its first season on AMC. In previous years Quezada has been an attendee at the show, featured here and here. But on this, the show’s final run at the awards, the actor who has portrayed “Steven Gomez” since the beginning – whom like Aaron Paul’s character “Jesse Pinkman” was originally slated to be killed-off early on in the series only to make it to the bitter end of season 5.2, was nowhere to be found*.
Likely upon a flurry of inquiries mixed with congratulations on the Albuquerque based show’s big win of the night, Quezada posted online “I look at this picture and I get a little sad. I appeared in 33 episode (sic) and was never made a cast member. Don’t get me wrong, I was extremely blessed to be on this great show…Oh well I have to work harder. Congrats to the awesome cast of the best TV show ever.”
So it appears that the awards show that honored the “best show on television” Sunday night, quietly celebrated some form of diversity with its choice of show host, but visually offended some who were looking for recognition and representation of talents of all creeds and colors, while perhaps some Hollywood politics led to the best drama snubbing one of its own, who happens to be a “person of color”. Possibly a more complicated storyline than any script of the night.
*It is unknown if Quezada declined or was unable to attend the awards show. OHI reached out to him for comment today, but the actor declined taking a position on any Emmy or Breaking Bad situation, saying only that he is “moving forward”.
White Turtle Casting is looking for new born babies, 15 days old – 30 days old. This is paid background work.
Email picture, parent’s name, and contact number to: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABC SERIES CASTING CALL:
UPDATE 9/26/13: 16 women 40 to 50 years old to be Funeral Guests. Also 3 males and 1 female 20 to 40 years old for a reoccurring role as Texas Ranger Office Staff and 4 Males 30 to 50 years old for a reoccurring role as Texas Rangers.
If this is you and you are available please send a recent picture and phone number to: email@example.com
Robert Baxter Casting is in need of several Salsa, Latin, Flamingo Dancers on Wednesday Sept 25th for “KILLER WOMEN” 25 to 50 years old.
LOW BUDGET FEATURE CASTING STAND-INS AND FEATURED BACKGROUND:
These are paid positions depending on role. Shooting days are October 14th to the 31st.
Email headshot and resume to: DWBackground@gmail.com
Title your email with the name of the following role(s) for which you are submitting.
STAND-IN: Stand-ins preferably need to be available all weekdays from Oct. 14th thru the 31st Must be ok with 11-12 hour days.
WHITE MALE: preferably with dark brown hair, Needs to be around 5’8” and 150 lbs. Please email multiple headshots (if you have multiple), resume, measurements, and availability.
WHITE FEMALE: preferably with blonde hair. Needs to be around 5’6” with an hour-glass shape and close to 115lbs. Please email multiple headshots (if you have multiple), resume, measurements, and availability
“Make-out girl”- age 25-35 she needs to be alright with on screen kissing and possibly over-the-clothes touching with another female. Needs to have dark hair, preferably Latina, tattoos are a plus. MUST be available on Monday Oct. 28th and possibly the following Tuesday and Wednesday.
UPDATE 1/13/14: Stay tuned here for extras casting info. on this project, set to begin production in New Mexico in February.
A world at war, faceless dangers half the globe away, and threats of universal dominance by an alliance of untold magnitude, are what teams of top physicists, mathematicians, and engineers faced in defending allies from tyrannical rule in the 1940s.
As we told you here WGN America is taking that tumultuous time in real world history and scripting it into a new drama series. Now HOT off the wire this week is the news that the 13 series order will go forward with production right here in New Mexico in the upcoming winter months, as expected.
Created by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex), “Manhattan” is set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission of the same name to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The storyline follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.
Shaw will write and executive produce with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross. Emmy-winning director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing) will direct and executive produce the production.
“Sam and Tommy’s (Schlamme) passion for the world of Los Alamos, the Manhattan Project, and the characters who populate it came through from the moment we all sat down to discuss the project, and we couldn’t be more excited to support them as they bring their vision to life,” WGN America president Matt Cherniss told Deadline Hollywood adding, “We feel Manhattan has all of the elements to make for a provocative and memorable series…”
Michael Douglas sets the scene with this quick pic from the New Mexico set of his latest film, “The Reach”.
The star has been on location in the NM desert since last Friday, when the Farmington Daily Times reported that the production will be in the area for the next few months.
The Academy Award winning actor is playing Madec, an arrogant businessman and big game hunter in pursuit of his ultimate prize who hires a young guide, played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) to lead him into the American desert. After Madec shoots and kills an innocent man, a game of cat-and-mouse unfolds when the guide refuses to take part in a cover-up.
The film is based on Robb White’s 1972 novel Deathwatch.
The New Mexico production will employ 160 local crew members and 60 local actors and extras, according to the New Mexico Film Office.
Join us next Thursday, September 26, to support the freedom to marry in New Mexico. The evening will be co-hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Albuquerque native and star of TV’s “Modern Family,” and Patricia Michaels, Taos Pueblo artist and “Project Runway” finalist.
Thursday, September 26 at 7 p.m.
South Broadway Cultural Center
1025 Broadway Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
RSVP at https://www.aclu.org
Ferguson’s Tie The Knot Foundation – a project he and his husband started to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of marriage freedom through art, fashion, and entertainment – has collaborated with Michaels to produce a stunning New Mexico-themed bowtie.
Ferguson will speak about the progress toward achieving the freedom to marry in New Mexico and officially unveil Tie The Knot’s latest limited-edition tie – the “Patricia Michaels.” Proceeds from the sale of the “Patricia Michaels” will benefit Why Marriage Matters New Mexico, the ACLU of New Mexico’s public education campaign to build support for the freedom to marry in our state.
Support the freedom to marry in New Mexico and bring your whole “modern family” to this free event. RSVP here today. We hope to see you Thursday!
UPDATE 09/26/2013: Conflicting reports are still streaming into our inbox and tip line. Some continue to say “it is”, some say “probably not”, while others say, “HACK, you don’t know anything!” We do know that nothing is official until someone yells, THAT’S A WRAP! Unofficially, our most trusted sources say…
As we’ve been covering for you here, here and here…Lucas Film’s out of this worldly, epic saga sequel, Star Wars Episode VII IS INDEED HEADED TO NM – via Disney!
Like Marvel’s record breaking mega flick The Avengers, and the return of The Lone Ranger (more importantly a flood of global journalists, media outlets and film dollars), Disney returns to the desert and to New Mexico’s class A-1 studio facilities and crew base to shoot the first of THREE pending sequels to add to the mega-galactic franchise.
New Mexico will share production duties with Los Angeles and London when filming gets underway in 2014. Original cast members scheduled to return include Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill…all of whom are slated to somehow reprise their roles from the original 1977 film.
BRING IT fanbois and girls! Keep it HERE for up to date details on local casting and info.
Revised 9.17.13 5:33 p.m.
From the mental team who brought you the Bigfoot Election comes the latest New Mexico indie hit, “Abe Makes a Movie”.
Watch the video above to see the amazing fundraising efforts they’ve made so far and click here to support this very special New Mexico film making duo!
In just 10 days Ryan Turri and Matt Peterson raised over $17,000, getting them well on their way to bringing this blood, sweat and tears movie to life.
And now it’s time to get serious. They only have 20 days left and the clock is ticking…
“We are asking that you please HELP! By Friday we need to hit $32,000 to meet our halfway point goal. Anything can help.
If we get 130 people to donate $125 or more (which, besides supporting the movie in a huge way, you’ll get a signed copy of the movie and other awesome perks) we’ll be well on our way. Of course, whatever you can give is amazing!
And a HUGE thanks to everyone who has supported us so far. It means the world to me and us at the Abe Makes A Movie team! We can’t do it without you!!
THANK YOU!!!!!!” -Ryan
This blogette and the entire team of OneHeadlightInk contributors can sincerely endorse the efforts of these and so many independent filmmakers right here in the Land of Enchantment.
The more we can support our own, the more they will shine the light back on the spectacular talent and crews this state has yet to show the WORLD!
The Barrett Foundation has been kind enough to gift tickets to this spectacular event to OneHeadlightInk.com – and we’re passing them on to YOU!
For your chance to attend this elegant evening of rhythm and blues, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
And please share this important event information with all your friends! Proceeds benefit The Barrett Foundation – an independent, nonprofit organization helping homeless women and children build better lives for over 25 years!
Christian Nevell Bovee once said, “Music is the fourth great material want—first is food, then clothes, then shelter, and then music.”
This year Barrett Foundation presents the 2nd Annual Night of Rhythm & Blues at Casa Esencia.
Through music, you will be providing the first three material wants for the women and children we serve.
Your ticket purchase will provide you and your guests a glamorous Night of Rhythm and Blues at the chic and elegant Casa Esencia, one of New Mexico’s most sophisticated historic venues.
It is here you will experience “the fourth great material want”—listening to the sultry sounds of Soul Sanctuary while enjoying tantalizing hor d’oeuvres and drinks. And then, at 10:00 PM dancing will commence with the great sounds of DJ Aquattro.
A truly fun and worthwhile event that, with your support, will make it possible for the women and children of Barrett Foundation to obtain the most elusive material wants of food, clothing and shelter.
How does he know that guy, who knows that guy? How and where did he get through Law School? Was he born that way or did his special brand of criminal lawyering germinate out of some poignantly twisted circumstances from his past?
All these burning questions and MORE are now set to be answered in an hour long drama chalk full of the comedic elements Saul Goodman, Attorney at law has lent to Breaking Bad since his glorious entrance in season two.
The prequel promises to introduce us to a pre-Walter White Saul Goodman. Plans for the show have been in the works for quite sometime as we’ve followed for you here and as Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan himself didn’t shy away from talking about here.
The most important question about the spin-off for this blogette and for much of the New Mexico film community at large is…Will the show live and breathe in the hometown of Breaking Bad? One original show insider tells us, “there’s no reason to believe it’s not” heading to NM.
Sony Pictures Television which will produce the show for AMC has long had a home here with Breaking Bad and is currently producing the NBC TV series, The Night Shift at Albuquerque Studios. Sounds like a natural fit!
Call for Entries OPEN for the 2014 Taos Shortz Film Fest – EARLYBIRD DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 22ND!!
Come join the hottest shorts film fest in the country. Taos Shortz is dedicated to featuring quality juried short films from around the globe and provide filmmakers with a venue to showcase their work, participate in workshops, panels, and network with fellow filmmakers, media companies, producers and distributors.
Do you have a tale to tell? A secret to reveal? A truth that screams to be heard? If you think you have what it takes…
SUBMIT YOUR FILM!
PUBLIC EDUCATION ADVOCATES FILE SUIT IN DISTRICT COURT AGAINST SECRETARY-DESIGNATE HANNA SKANDERA OVER THE NEW TEACHER EVALUATION RULE
Educators allege that Secretary-Designate violated her statutory authority by promulgating the PED’s teacher evaluation rule.
State House Representative Sheryl Williams-Stapleton, State Senator Linda Lopez, State Senator Howie Morales and a contingent of educators have filed a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus against Hanna Skandera, Secretary-Designate of the state’s Public Education Department (PED) seeking to invalidate the PED’s teacher evaluation policies that she enacted without legislative approval.
New Mexico teachers returned to school this year subject to a new evaluation system linking teacher performance to student test scores. According to the lawsuit, the Secretary-Designate surpassed her authority in promulgating the rule because the language of the rule conflicts with the plain language of New Mexico’s School Personnel Act. According to the Act, there must be a “highly objective uniform statewide standard for evaluation” of teachers.
While public school districts are required to use the new evaluation system, charter schools may apply for a waiver, creating distinctly different systems for evaluating teachers.
“Educators support teacher accountability and evaluations. As professionals, we want to learn and grow and provide all of our students with the best opportunities. But this rule isn’t aimed at promoting useful professional feedback for teachers. Its aim seems to be to drive teachers away from public education by creating a false accountability systems focused on shame and blame,” says AFT NM President Stephanie Ly.
In 2013, educators and lawmakers worked to pass a meaningful evaluation system through the legislator but it was vetoed by the governor. “Governor Martinez and Secretary-Designate Martinez have ignored the voices of students, parents and educators. Meanwhile educators are demoralized and leaving the profession and it is our students that are losing out.” says President Ly.
New Mexico Educators share concerns over Skandera with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan – AFT
NM’s Education Secretary Caught in Dirty Dealings with the Bush Bros. – Washington Post
Virtual Schools Run by Corporations? Hanna Skandera’s Vision – La Jicarita
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival announces a special evening with John Waters will be the highlight of the 2013 fest on Saturday, October 19th at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. The main event of the evening will be John Waters LIVE. In his newest one-man-show “This Filthy World”, John Waters (HAIRSPRAY, CRYBABY) highlights his impressive film career and perverse taste. The living independent film legend who William Burroughs dubbed “The Pope of Trash,” will follow his show with a book signing of his latest title ROLE MODELS. This is John Waters first performance in Santa Fe. The evening is topped with Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s popular V.I.P Party hosted by Gary Farmer and The Troublemakers at the San Francisco Bar & Grill just down San Francisco Street near the Plaza.
Tickets for John Waters LIVE “This Filfthy World” range from $18 to $58 and are available at ticketsantafe.org or call #505-988-1234 on Monday September 16th.
“No filmmaker embodies the independent spirit and honesty the way that the great John Waters. He is a true independent spirit and we are extremely honored to have him at the festival.” said Jacques Paisner, Executive Director and Co- founder.
John Waters grew up in Baltimore in the 1950s, obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his counter-culture friends as his cast, Waters began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-’60s. By the early 1970s, he was making features, breaking into world-wide notoriety with PINK FLAMINGOS (1972) – a bold exercise in ultra-bad taste. Waters successfully crossed over to Hollywood with HAIRSPRAY(1988). Waters continues to create daring independent films today. His films HAIRSPRAY was turned into the eight time Tony award-winning Broadway musical.
An Evening with John Waters is part of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s Baltimore Program. Other films include: I AM DIVINE and 12 O’CLOCK BOYS.
I AM DIVINE is a definitive biographical portrait of Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, and honors him in just the way he always craved – as a serious artist and an immortal star.
12 O’CLOCK BOYS, Pug, a wisecracking 13 year old living on a dangerous Westside block, has one goal in mind: to join The Twelve O’Clock Boys; the notorious urban dirt-bike gang of Baltimore. Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets and clash with police, who are forbidden to chase the bikes for fear of endangering the public.
Special tickets for a private intimate dinner party with John Waters preceding his show go on sale for $500 each, on a first come, first serve basis, includes reserved seating. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 16th, please visit ticketsantafe.org or call 505.988.1234.
The 2013 Fifth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will begin on Wednesday October 16, 2013 with the Oscar nominee John Sayles’s thriller GO FOR SISTERS introduced by co-star and actor Yolanda Ross (TREME, SPECTOR) and come to a rest on Sunday October 20, 2013, holding five (5) days of independent film, interactive social events, and numerous instructive and exploratory workshops.
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is the hot, fast-growing film festival where innovative filmmakers have a place to screen their films to the diverse audiences in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the annual 5 day film fest the third week in October, now in its 5th year, and, at special events throughout the year.
Sponsors of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival relies on the generous support of sponsors and corporate partnerships to help fund the 5th Annual Film Festival. A special thanks to this year’s committed sponsors: (official sponsors) Bishop’s Lodge and Resort, Inn and Spa at Loretto, Eldorado Hotel, Studio X, Kristin Johnson Gallery & Ice House Music, Garrett’s Desert Inn, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Warehouse 21, IATSE Local 480, The Santa Fe Reporter, Hutton Broadcasting, The Film School at SFUAD, Garson Studios; (community sponsors) Center for Contemporary Arts, Pippin Contemporary, EZ TV Install, Dos Lunas Tequila, HDNM & Stepbridge Studios, High Desert Digital, San Francisco Bar & Grill, Palace Restuarnt, Tanti Luce, Santa Fe Spirits.
Other funding provided by: Santa Fe Arts Commission, McCune Charitable Foundation, and Kindle Project.